YOUR SOLUTION for timber construction at the LIGNA 2017

Innovations for carpentry enterprises and the prefab industry - At the LIGNA, WEINMANN and HOMAG presented the latest developments in machine technology for timber construction in hall 13. With the WMS 060 multifunction bridge, visitors experienced a world premiere in action. But also the carpentry machine WBZ 160 powerSIX inspired both small and large carpentries. At booth C18 + D18 in hall 13, continuous solutions were presented – solutions for beam processing, element manufacturing and handling & logistics.

Optimized for crafts enterprises -
the new multifunction bridge WMS 060  

The WEINMANN WMS 060 is the ideal entry-level machine for CNC-controlled house manufacturing. The WEINMANN experts have developed this multifunction bridge especially for small and medium-sized carpentry businesses producing small quantities. Whether walls, roofs, floors or gables are to be produced - with the WMS 060, the carpenter makes all elements efficiently and with high precision. Various wall structures and materials are machined fast and accurately.
The latest CNC control combined with state-of-the-art technology ensure high machining accuracy. In this way, elements of high dimensional accuracy are produced, which significantly simplifies assembly on site. With WMS carpenters can rely on a solution that offers an excellent price-performance ratio.
Since usually there is little space available for smaller companies, the machine is compact, requiring little space. For the production of elements with a length of up to 12 m, the multifunction bridge, including a work table, requires just less than 90 m². The CAD data generated in the work preparation are automatically transferred to the machine. The operator opens the data record on the machine and starts the processing. By means of the intuitive control system powerTouch, the machine is easy to operate without any special expertise.
Another highlight was the new developed software tool easyRun which offers an important simplification regarding data creation. If required the data can be inserted fast and easy directly at the machine. There is no need for a CAD-system for the production of easy processing like fastening of the sheathing, routing of openings or formatting of the panels.

During the live demonstration the nailing and routing units were presented. The multifunction bridge is equipped with two stapling and nailing units for automated fastening of the sheathing. The machine receives the stapling pattern specified in the CAD, converting them exactly, so the statics of the elements is ensured. With the integrated routing unit, door and window openings as well as socket outlets are cut out of the element. Also circular or curved shapes and bevel cuts are possible due to the fully interpolating machining. Variations in element thickness are tracked and compensated with the aid of the scanning routing unit. Depending on the requirements, a nesting module can also be integrated, which ensures fully automated panel pre-cutting.

The fact that the multifunction bridge is a worthwhile investment especially for smaller enterprises shows both the equipment of the machine and its type of construction. Servo-controlled drives offer an energy-efficient manufacturing process. In addition, the WMS 060 can be combined with each kind of WEINMANN work tables such as a self-build table, assembly table or a roof-floor table. In most cases, even existing workstations are compatible.
Automation of the work processes also improves the logistics in the hall. Walking distances are reduced, material storage is optimized and an ergonomic workflow is achieved. The compact machine design ensures short assembly times and thus a fast production start.

Fully automated beam processing:
Machining of all 6 sides of the work piece in one processing cycle

Also exhibited was the carpentry machine WBZ 160 powerSIX which processes all six sides of the work piece in one run. By integrating a so-called underfloor unit, the performance of the WBZ 160 was once again significantly increased. The carpentry machine produced dovetail connections, grooves, blades and much more at the LIGNA.
Thanks to its compact design and flexible application possibilities, this machine is perfectly adapted to individual requirements. Not to forget the advantages of simplified handling. The beam is processed in the same position in which the machining operations of the other work piece sides are performed. Like all WEINMANN carpentry machines, the WBZ 160 powerSIX allows for maximum processing accuracy due to its NC-controlled gripper system in combination with vertical clamping units. The high precision in all machining processes ensures a fast and easy assembly on the construction site.

Blow-in technology 4.0:
Fully automated blowing-in of loose insulation materials 

The combination of multifunction bridge and blow-in plate represents a quantum leap in timber construction. Loose insulating material is automatically blown into timber frame elements, insulating exterior walls, roof and floor elements, gable triangles as well as special elements. The CNC-controlled multifunction bridge moves the blow-in plate exactly over the frame work compartments.
All frame work related data, such as position, shape and size of the compartments, are stored in the CAD and transferred to the blow-in plate via an interface. Different kinds of insulation material are blown-in such as wood fiber, cellulose and mineral wool. But also other insulation materials like hemp fiber can be used without any problems.
Depending on the required capacity, there are various options for fully automated blowing-in, starting with the multifunction bridge WMS 150 blowTEC, which does not only blow-in automatically, but also takes care of various fastening and machining processes, to a separate blow-in bridge which only performs the insertion of the insulation material.
The advantages of that new technology lie in the simplified material logistics as well as material savings. Furthermore, they offer human and ergonomic work processes, since the dust exposure for the employees is significantly reduced. In addition, some considerable added value for the companies is the guarantee of consistently high quality, since all filling quantities are verifiable, so a complete documentation is provided.

Robotics in timber construction  

For the first time, a WEINMANN production line was delivered at the beginning of 2017 to the German company Bien-Zenker, into which an industrial robot is integrated.

Integrated into the frame work station, the robot fully automatically inserts the studs into the frame work structure. Thus, all types of studs are inserted at any angle. In this way, not only inner and outer walls but also gable walls and miter walls, as well as window and door structures, are manufactured fully automatically. In addition, the 6-axis technology makes it possible to adapt the insertion method for different studs, which enormously increases the reliability of the operating system and virtually compensates current problems, for example caused by crooked wood or the like, without manual intervention. This combination of man and machine achieves a degree of flexibility, precision and speed, which so far has not existed in timber construction. This technology is also applied in the most modern production facility in Europe, which is currently being developed in Sweden.

HOMAG Plattenaufteiltechnik:
New COBUS NCAD interface for maximum flexibility and planning freedom in timber work

The HPP 300 multiTec is the HOMAG saw for timber work, and it can saw, drill and rout at the same time. At LIGNA, this specially developed solution could be seen for the first time in conjunction with an innovative interface to COBUS NCAD. The advantage of this innovation for builders of facades and partition walls is clear: Users plan projects as normal in their CAD/CAM software, and the new interface then converts the results into machine-readable data at the touch of a button before sending it automatically to the correct machine, for example via HOMAG Cut Rite to the HPP 300 multiTec, a HOMAG CNC processing center or a WEINMANN machine.
Users can focus on their core tasks and enjoy greater flexibility than ever before when planning. Changes can be made at short notice and are ready for production in no time via the COBUS NCAD interface. In short: The work in the preparation stage that previously took hours can now be completed in just a few minutes with this new interface.

YOUR SOLUTION for Stairs, Doors, Window & Furniture Production
BMG 500:The universal machine for component manufacturing.

The HOMAG BMG 500 is a real all-rounder in the field of component manufacturing. In Hall 13 the CNC processing center showed how flexible woodworking shops can be today. Stairs, doors, windows, furniture? The machines of the BMG 500 series are able to process everything – in usual high HOMAG precision.

Anyone who manufactures high-quality stairs, doors, windows or furniture is provided perfectly with the optimum equipment positioned with the machines of this series. Each of these CNC machines is a complete system ensuring maximum performance and efficiency to fulfil the customers' individual requirements. This means: All in all the BMG 500 impresses with its versatility and performance.

The benefits:

  • Staircase construction, door production, window processing, furniture manufacturing – the BMG 500 is right choice for any production task
  • Optimum processing quality thanks to vibration damping, and extremely robust thanks to the basic machine construction from solid SORB TECH composite material
  • Scalable performance — configurable with up to three processing units
  • Damage to the trimming spindles is avoided thanks to the regulated main spindle with electronic speed monitoring including vibration sensors
  • Drill change without tools thanks to high-speed drill technology with patented quick-change system
  • Console table, automatic setup A-table or aluminum grid table — everything is freely selectable
  • Energy-saving features inside – such as intelligent flap control, which reduces suction costs by up to 20%

Source image: HOMAG Group AG

Back to List